As an act of revenge, liberal news site Gawker has published GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s cell phone number.
Last month, Trump made headlines when he held up a piece of paper and read off the personal phone number of his 2016 rival Sen. Lindsey Graham. He encouraged listeners to “give it a shot” and took it even further by saying, “He won’t fix anything but at least he’ll talk to you.”
Graham responded by starring in a video with IJ Review where he destroyed his cell phone.
“In the spirit of open and fair political debate, we now bring you Trump’s number,” Gawker said.
They added, “If it is the case—as Trump’s release of Graham’s number implicitly argues—that our political discourse improves when voters can ring up candidates on their private cell phones, then we are happy to add Trump’s cell phone number to the body of public knowledge.”
The phone’s mailbox is full, and a woman’s voice addresses the phone’s voicemail. The number has a New York City area code and has a busy signal much of the time.
Gawker reported that a Trump aide answered the phone mostly, but encouraged readers to ask for Trump and ask him “pressing” questions such as, “Does he still think Mexicans are out to rape you?” and “Just how much did he exaggerate his net worth to hit the $10 billion figure?”
MSNBC reported that the number Gawker released is the same number Trump used to call a reporter in June.
A campaign source for The Hill said that “Mr. Trump has several numbers so this is not an issue.”